News about Faculty & Staff

Inspiring Speaker Champions Circuitous Route to Life’s Rewards

Attendees line a Bush Campus Center stairway for an "awesome" group photo.

Carol A. Lugg fronts a graphical representation of her decidedly roundabout career lifeline.

Colorful table accessories include bubble soap interactively incorporated by the speaker.

Guest Leslie M. Medina, a dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration major, joins in the fun.

A Penn's Inn crowd celebrates exemplary students.

Thirty-five Penn College students were honored Tuesday evening as the latest Awesome Women Exemplars during a reception in Penn’s Inn, sponsored by Campus & Community Engagement. The gathering featured a welcome and award presentations by Katie L. Mackey, director of campus and community engagement, and a keynote address by Carol A. Lugg, assistant dean of the School of Construction & Design Technologies. Lugg shared highlights from her personal life and professional career, and encouraged the audience to consider how various “spheres” of importance (family, academic life, career, hobbies, roles, etc.) travel in a nonlinear fashion throughout one’s lifetime, often influencing and intersecting in unexpected, yet beneficial ways. As an interactive activity, she encouraged guests to blow bubbles using miniature soap bottles she’d shared prior to her talk. The 12th annual AWE event also paid homage to March as National Women’s History Month.

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Campus Roundtable Brings Timely Topics Into Focus

Craig A. Miller (left), assistant professor of history and political science, facilitates the insightful conversation, along with Art L. Counterman, an instructor of electrical technology/occupations.

... encouraging engagement by students in Penn's Inn.

Penn College’s recurring roundtable turned to “The State of Trump’s America” this week, affording a Bush Campus Center audience the opportunity for civil discourse on matters related to the current White House administration. The Student Activities Office sponsors the series, which regularly encourages the campus community to dissect and discuss pressing and provocative issues of the day.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

When Life Gives You Snow … Turn It Into Art!

Stabley (left) and Easton N. Latranyi, of Danville, a senior in manufacturing engineering technology ...

... strategically place snowballs into eye-pleasing position.

The final creation, topped with decorative twigs, outside the Bush Campus Center

What better way to celebrate the first day of spring than by creating a snow sculpture? That’s what students in two of David A. Stabley’s art electives did Monday in front of the Bush Campus Center. Stabley, instructor of ceramics/wood sculpture, and students in Wood Sculpture and Ceramics II classes got out of the lab and into some creative exploration. Similar to other campus projects crafted by Stabley’s students (usually in fairer weather), their creation was inspired by the environmental art of famed British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy.
Most photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

‘How Do You Solve a Problem With No One Right Answer?’

A new “Your Class in 60 Seconds” video visits the Supervisor and Human Relations course of Summer L. Bukeavich, a faculty member in Penn College’s School of Business & Hospitality. Through a mix of individual instruction, small-group interaction and class discussion, students apply what they learn to build the best possible solution to the situation at hand. “Our instructor challenges us, giving us difficult personnel problems we have to solve,” says Alexander C. McDonnell, a business administration: management concentration major from Brookhaven. “Unlike lecture, managers are thrown into trying situations. Through this class, we simulate various workplace scenarios and prepare to tackle these supervisory issues with a hands-on approach. We learn. We play games. We argue. We debrief and we become comfortable in uncomfortable situations.”

Adjunct Instructor Assists Psychology Publication

Joe S. Miller

Joe S. Miller, an adjunct instructor of sociology and psychology classes at Pennsylvania College of Technology, assisted with supporting materials for the second edition of “Real World Psychology,” published and released recently by Wiley, a global publishing company specializing in academic publishing.

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Penn College Welcomes New Employees

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Tickets Available for Grammy Nominee’s Lycoming Concert

Mike Posner

Mike Posner and The Legendary Mike Posner Band will perform at Lycoming College’s Keiper Recreation Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 29. Tickets – $15 for students and $20 for the general public – are available at the Bush Campus Center Information Desk. Posner first hit the scene in 2009 and, by 2010, released his first full-length album, “31 Minutes to Takeoff,” which includes the hits “Cooler than Me,” “Please Don’t Go” and “Bow Chicka Wow Wow.” Following that album, Posner toured with major artists (including Justin Bieber) and assisted in writing such songs as “Sugar” for Maroon 5. Posner has since released another full-length album, “At Night, Alone,” which features the chart-topper, “I Took a Pill in Ibiza.” The song made the Top 10 in 85 countries, held the No. 1 spot on the Top 40 for two weeks straight, was one of Spotify’s “Top 10 Most Streamed Songs of All Time,” and was Grammy-nominated for Song of the Year. The concert is sponsored by The Campus Activities Board of Lycoming College and Penn College. Students interested in volunteering should contact the Wildcat Events Board or Student Government Association; Penn College students can score free tickets by attending campus events or by downloading the PCT Events app and looking for push notifications for chances to win.

‘Superhero’ Alliance Spotlights Dual-Enrollment Triumph

Paul R. Watson II

The success of Penn College NOW, the program that allows high school students to earn college credits through dual enrollment, is noted in a recent national blog post. “The Penn College NOW program has measured dramatic increases in student enrollment and matriculation rates,” writes Samantha Yi, business development associate for Signal Vine LLC. “Since 2013, the program enrollment has increased more than threefold, from 352 in 2013-14 to 1,234 students in 2015-16. In the 2015-16 school year, 32.57 percent of program participants matriculated to the college.” Signal Vine, a text-based communications platform to help schools keep their students aware of important college-access tasks, gathered the information at a conference on “Introducing the College in High School Alliance: Effective Strategies to Support College Affordability and Completion Through Dual Enrollment, Concurrent Enrollment and Early College High Schools.” Paul R. Watson II, Penn College’s dean of academic services and college transitions, was among the panelists when the alliance was launched March 2 in Washington, D.C.

Penn College-Produced TV Commercial Earns Coveted ‘CUPPIE’

A TV commercial produced by Public Relations & Marketing at Pennsylvania College of Technology was honored in the 2017 CUPPIE Awards sponsored by CUPRAP (College and University Public Relations and Associated Professionals).

The 30-second spot, which aired as part of the college’s statewide branding campaign, earned a Silver CUPPIE in the “Advertising In-House TV” category. The award was presented March 9 at CUPRAP’s Annual Spring Conference in Hershey.

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Get a Jump on Your Future at Penn College’s April 1 Open House

The modern Pennsylvania College of Technology campus will host prospective students and their families for an Open House on Saturday, April 1, during which visitors can explore 100-plus academic majors in a variety of career fields.

For more than 100 years, Pennsylvania College of Technology and its predecessors have tailored their curricular offerings to students’ dreams and employers’ needs. That responsiveness to businesses and their future employees – and the flexibility to foresee tomorrow’s jobs – will be on ample display at the college’s April 1 Open House.

All of the institution’s newest opportunities, as well as the rewarding careers in time-tested fields, will be available to visitors at the college.

“Open House is such a great opportunity for students and their families to experience what makes Penn College such a unique place to learn,” said Claire Z. Biggs, coordinator of admissions events and services. “Through countless activities, prospective students will get an insider’s glimpse of life as a Penn College student.”

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Pluses, Pitfalls of Social Media Among Pointers Shared With Visiting Students

"Would you want your grandmother to see it?" is a good rule of thumb when posting to social media! Anna C. Miller (left), marketing and communications specialist for the School of Business & Hospitality; and Tammy M. Rich, assistant professor of business administration/management/event management, shared valuable pointers shaped by the Internet's pros and cons.

Students raise their hands to indicate their substantial presence on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter during a discussion of the permanence of online words and images.

About 250 students and advisers from 14 area schools attended the 27th annual Students Against Destructive Decisions regional conference Tuesday in Penn College’s Field House. Among the topical presentations at the daylong conference: Two mothers shared their uniquely personal story of how a driver’s destructive decision changed their lives; a young woman discussed her journey from eating disorder to recovery; Penn College co-workers walked their audience through “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” of social media; and a counselor assistant shared his heartfelt story of addiction. The students – who represented schools in Lycoming, Bradford, Sullivan and Tioga counties – participated in icebreaker activities and giveaways, and enjoyed lunch during their stay.

Faculty Member’s Presentation to Honor Cartoonist’s Milestone

Joseph E. LeBlanc

"Will Eisner Week" marked worldwide, at James V. Brown Library

Joseph E. LeBlanc, assistant professor of physics, will share his knowledge of manga, a Japanese comic art form, at the James V. Brown Library this week. The presentation, “The Language of Manga Sound Effects,” is part of the library’s “Will Eisner Week,” celebrating what would have been the acclaimed cartoonist’s 100th birthday on March 6. LeBlanc’s talk will be held at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, in the Teen Area of the library’s Welch Wing. The event is open to the public and walk-ins are welcome. The library is at 19 E. Fourth St., Williamsport. LeBlanc earned a doctorate in aerospace engineering from Nagoya University in Japan, where he resided for eight years before accepting a teaching position at Penn College. In addition to speaking Japanese, he is fluent in Japanese culture. James V. Brown Library’s “Will Eisner Week” is held in partnership with The Comic Shop, of South Williamsport, and also features talks titled “Zombie Apocalypse” on Wednesday, March 8, and “Heroes vs. Villains” on Thursday, March 9, both at 4:30 p.m. A presentation on “Character Creation and Design” was held Monday. According to Will Eisner’s website, the late artist’s centennial is being marked at numerous events worldwide.

Penn College Welcomes New Employee

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Hollywood-Themed ‘Murder Mystery Dinner’ Held in PDC

Cast members riotously play their parts ...

... and interact with dinner patrons enlisted to help get to the heart of the mystery.

Cydney L. Ginter, a legal assistant/paralegal major from Altoona – assuming a "Princess Leia" persona for the event – takes part in a spirited "Rock, Paper, Scissors" duel.

Ditchfield (background), instructor of hospitality management/culinary arts, and students from the School of Business & Hospitality

April R. and Stephen A. Manley, sporting name tags identifying them as Betty Boop and Christopher Walken, decipher clues at the table. (Stephen is the executive chef at the college's Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.)

The Penn College community recently joined the Student Activities Office for “Lights! Camera! Murder!” a Hollywood whodunit in the Thompson Professional Development Center’s Mountain Laurel Room. Attendees of the mystery dinner, many of them adopting celebrity or character aliases for the evening, were called upon to navigate an intricate web of deception and crack the red-carpet killing. To supplement the crime-solving fun, Chef Michael J. Ditchfield and his catering students from the School of Business & Hospitality put together a movie-themed menu that included “Pirates of the Caribbean Shrimp Salad,” Chicken Oscar and “50 Shades Chocolate Decadence Cake.”
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

IT Faculty Member Adds Perspective to Cybersecurity Blog

Lisa Bock

An interview with Lisa Bock, an assistant professor of computer information technology at Penn College, has been published in the blog of a New York-based digital forensics and cybersecurity intelligence firm. LIFARS conducted the Q&A with Bock for its “What’s on Your Network?” feature. She has taught a variety of courses that include networking, security, biometrics, protocol vulnerabilities, Cisco Certified Network Associate Security, and requirements analysis. She is also an author for, a repository of video tutorials taught by industry experts.